Abdellatif Kechiche
Abdellatif Kechiche (French: [abdɛlatif keʃiʃ]; Arabic: عبد اللطيف كشيش‎‎, born 7 December 1960) born in Tunis, Tunisia, is a Tunisian-French actor, film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with La Faute à Voltaire, which he also wrote. Known for his naturalistic style, he has been awarded several times at the César Awards and won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes film festival for his film Blue Is the Warmest Color.[1]
Abdellatif Kechiche
عبد اللطيف كشيش

Kechiche at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Born7 December 1960 (age 60)
Tunis, Tunisia
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1982–present
Early life
Born in Tunis, Tunisia, Kechiche emigrated with his parents to Nice, France when he was six years old.[2] Passionate about theater, he took drama classes at the Antibes Conservatory. He performed several shows on the Cote d’Azur, most notably a play by Federico Garcia Lorca in 1978 and a play by Eduardo Manet the following year. He was equally as dedicated to directing as he was to performing in theater, he presented The Architect at the Avignon Festival in 1981.
In film, his first acting role was in Abdelkrim Bahioul’s Mint Tea, where he played a young Algerian immigrant who moved to Paris to make his fortune.[3]
André Téchiné hired him in 1987 in The Innocents where he played a gigolo with Sandrine Bonnaire and Jean-Claude Brialy. Thanks to Nouri Bouzid’s film Bezness , he won the best male actor award at the Namur Festival in 1992. [4]
That same year he met his companion, Ghalya Lacroix, with whom he would collaborate with in writing and editing his future projects.  
As an actor, his introduction to most English-speaking audiences was starring as Ashade the taxi driver in the 2005 psychological thriller Sorry, Haters, an "official selection" in both the Toronto International and American Film Institute's film festivals.
He was decorated by the government of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2005 and in 2008.[5]
Career as a director
In 2003, he wrote and directed Games of Love and Chance (L’Esquive) with amateur actors and an extremely limited budget. The film follows a group of high school students from the Parisian suburbs who rehearse a Marivaux play for their French class. The film was an honorable success for an author’s film without known actors; it was hailed by critics as one of the biggest French films of the year 2004. The film won four awards at the, 30th César awards in 2005: Best film, best director, and best screenplay. Sara Forestier a lead actress won the César for most promising actress for her role in Games of Love and Chance.
He then directed The Secret of the Grain (La Graine et le mulet) in 2006, which evokes the journey of a worker of Maghrebian origin who wants to establish a restaurant in the port of Sete as an inheritance for his family, but meets French bureaucratic opposition.[6] He presented The Secret of the Grain at the 64th Mostra del Cinema in Venice for which he was awarded the Special Jury Prize. The film also received the FIPRESCI Prize, the Louis Delluc Prize and the César Awards for Best Film and Best Director.[7]
Kechiche’s next film was selected at the Venice Film Festival 2010, titled Black Venus (Vénus Noire) in reference to the “Vénus Hottentote” (Saartjie Baartman). The film follows the life of Sarah Baartman, a Khoikhoi woman from the early 19th century who was exhibited in Europe for her voluptuous figure and objectified by European women. The film’s critical reception was positive, despite only receiving one nomination at the César Awards in 2011.[8]
His 2013 film Blue Is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d'Or and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[9][10][11] Several days later a controversy erupted about Kechiche's work methods; technicians on the film accused him of harassment, unpaid overtime and violations of labour laws.[12] The two main actresses, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, who were also awarded the Palme d'Or, had complained about Kechiche's behavior during the shooting but later, in an extensive interview, claimed that although he was difficult to work with it had been worth it, as he was a great filmmaker.[13] The film also won Best International Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards in 2013.[14]
Selected filmography
2001Poetical RefugeeDirector, writer
2002The Magic BoxActor
2003Games of Love and ChanceDirector, writerCésar Award for Best Director
2005Sorry, HatersActor
2007The Secret of the GrainDirector, writerCésar Award for Best Director
Louis Delluc Prize
Lumières Award for Best Director
2010Black VenusDirector, writer
2013Blue Is the Warmest ColourDirector, writerPalme d'Or (shared with the film's actresses, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos)
FIPRESCI Prize (2013 Cannes Film Festival)
Best International Independent Film (2013 British Independent Film Awards)
Louis Delluc Prize
Lumières Award for Best Director
2017Mektoub, My Love: Canto UnoDirector, writer, producer
2019Mektoub, My Love: IntermezzoDirector, writer, producer
  1. ^ "Blue is the warmest colour team win Palme d'Or at Cannes 2013 - Cannes Film Festival 2013 - RFI". web.archive.org. 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  2. ^ "Abdellatif Kechiche". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  3. ^ Bahloul, Abdelkrim (1985-03-06), Le thé à la menthe (Comedy, Drama), Abdellatif Kechiche, Chafia Boudraa, Krimo Bouguetof, Malek Kateb, Les Entreprises Françaises de Productions, Films A2, Daska Films, retrieved 2021-04-13
  4. ^ "Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film (1992)". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  5. ^ Quand Abdellatif Kechiche était décoré par Ben Ali, Oumma.com, 28 May 2013.
  6. ^ Kechiche, Abdellatif (2007-12-12), La graine et le mulet (Drama), Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache, Abdelhamid Aktouche, Pathé Renn Productions, Hirsch, France 2 Cinéma, retrieved 2021-04-15
  7. ^ "The Secret of the Grain". Kaunas International Film Festival. Kaunas International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 19 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  8. ^ Kechiche, Abdellatif (2010-10-27), Vénus noire (Drama, History), Yahima Torres, Andre Jacobs, Olivier Gourmet, Elina Löwensohn, MK2 Productions, France 2 Cinéma, CinéCinéma, retrieved 2021-04-15
  9. ^ "Cannes Film Festival: Awards 2013". Cannes. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Blue is the warmest colour team win Palme d'Or at Cannes 2013". RFI. 26 May 2013. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Cannes: 'The Missing Picture' Wins Un Certain Regard Prize". Hollywood Reporter. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  12. ^ Polémique autour du tournage de la «Vie d’Adèle», La Croix, 29 May 2013.
  13. ^ DP/30 @ TIFF '13: Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue Is The Warmest Color. YouTube (2013-09-13). Retrieved on 2014-05-22.
  14. ^ "Nominations 2013". British Independent Film Awards. Archived from the original on 5 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
Further reading
Denby, David (12 January 2009). "The Current Cinema: Survivors". The New Yorker. 84 (44): 72–73. Retrieved 27 March 2009. Review of The Secret of the Grain.
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